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Congressional Democrats are on a renewed push to act on voting rights with a 'sword and shield' approach

Posted On: Oct 26, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Congressional Democrats are on a renewed push to act on voting rights with a 'sword and shield' approach

Summary List Placement Democrats in the White House and both chambers of Congress are rushing to take action on voting rights before the August recess, with a group of House lawmakers calling for a "sword and shield" approach involving new voting rights legislation and the restoration of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Voting rights has largely taken a backseat to the bipartisan infrastructure bill after Senate Republicans in June filibustered the For the People Act, Democrats' flagship voting rights and democracy reform package that included sweeping new voting rules, campaign finance regulations, and ethics reforms.
But the pressure from outside Washington, DC, coming from activists and state lawmakers hasn't dwindled.
In particular, civil rights leaders continue to push the White House. And in mid-July, over 50 Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives left the state altogether to deny the quorum necessary to pass new GOP-backed voting legislation, coming to Washington to...

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